One of the tricky parts of being a homeowner is making sure your living space is furnished with pieces that aren’t out of date, but aren’t too trendy, either. It’s a tough balance, finding that perfect middle point of having stylish furniture that’ll remain stylish for more than a season or year. But when it comes to outdoor furniture, the rules are slightly different: because it’s not used as frequently as indoor furniture, you can go ahead and get right on top of trends, giving your outdoor living space the right injection of fashion and livability.
Professionally Designed Looks: Getting Everything Perfectly in Place
More and more homeowners are turning to professional designers to outfit their outdoor rooms with furniture to get that flawless look, as it’s more important than ever before to make sure the details are perfectly lined up. Professional designers come with years of training and experience, and can instantly size up your outdoor space to see just what kind of furniture would go best.
We’re halfway through 2014, which means that trends in outdoor furniture have already firmly presented themselves, and by far, the biggest trend to emerge is all-weather materials. Homeowners are looking for furniture that’s durable and long-lasting, as they want to be able to enjoy their furniture no matter what the weather is outside.
Wicker is an incredibly popular choice for outdoor furniture and combining it with all-weather adaptability is the easiest way of not worrying about your furniture at all. Instead of having to cover your outdoor furniture or move it out of an open space, all-weather protection lets you keep your furniture exactly where it is. This is important for homeowners following the trend of hiring design professionals, as they’ll be placing your furniture in very exact spots, and all-weather protection allows you to keep that precise placement.
Minor Tweaks and Adjustments
Along with keeping wicker furniture but modifying it slightly with all-weather protection, homeowners have built a trend of not fixing what isn’t broken. They’re not rushing out to completely redo their outdoor space, but rather adjusting it here and there to create an updated look.
This is seen a lot with wrought iron furniture. Homeowners don’t have the time or energy to chip and paint it every year, as the whole process involves undercoating it and topping it off with powder-coated finishes. But what they do have time and energy for is the new trend of adding colorful cushions to sit on, creating a striking contrast between the darkness of the wrought iron and the cheeriness of bright colors and hues.
Keeping Everything Elegant, Yet Fun
An outdoor space is just that: a place to enjoy your time in, not a museum in which everything is meant to be admired from afar. Keep that in mind when looking at professional designers so you get the best of both worlds: a space that’s elegantly designed and looks like it’s out of a magazine centerfold, but also has a casual element that makes your friends and family want to sit there for a while.
And above all else, remember to infuse your own personality into your outdoor furniture. It’s your living space and should reflect who you are as a person, and 2014 is the year to make those little changes. Keep the bulk of your furniture in your backyard but get professional eyes to arrange it beautifully, do some minor adjustments on the furniture you do have instead of completely overhauling it, and add in enough personal elements that people recognize it as having your handprints all over it.
And for one last touch, bring a bit of the indoors outside with a waterproof lamp with all-weather bulb that looks like you plucked it from your living room.